Late last year, Netflix announced plans to bring classic sci-fi television series Lost in Space back to the small screen with a new series. That project appears to be gaining some momentum, as the streaming video service announced this week that the series will debut in 2018 with a 10-episode first season.
Each episode of the series will be an hour long, and chronicle the adventures of a family that ends up stranded on a far-off planet after their space ship is sent off course during a cosmic journey.
The Netflix reboot of Lost in Space has a creative team that hails from both the movie and television worlds, with Dracula Untold and The Last Witch Hunter writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless reimagining the series for the modern audience, and Prison Break and Charmed producer and writer Zack Estrin serving as showrunner. The network is describing the series as “a survival story for the ages.”
“The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix vice president of original content, in a statement accompanying the announcement. “The current creative team’s reimagining of the series for Netflix is sure to appeal to both fans who fondly remember the original and to create a new generation of enthusiasts around the world.”
The original Lost in Space series premiered in 1965 and ran for three seasons on CBS. Created by Irwin Allen, the series earned a pair of Emmy Award nominations during its original run. A new version of the show was later commissioned by The WB network in 2003 but never picked up for a full-season order. A live-action feature was also released in 1998 starring William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, and Gary Oldman, and while it was just a modest success at the box office, it’s recognized as the film that finally knocked Titanic out of the top spot after its 15-week run.